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Granite Geek: Can’t Anything Fight Ticks And Leave Everything Else Alone?

They are one of the least-enjoyed elements of the warm weather landscape in New Hampshire.

Ticks.

They bite. They carry Lyme disease and other nasty illnesses – and they’re pretty creepy looking as well.

David Brooks of the Nashua Telegraph and GraniteGeek.org has been thinking a lot lately about our species fights back against these nasty little bloodsuckers, from DEET-based repellants to clothes embedded with a synthetic chemical known as permethrin.

But as he explains to All Things Considered host Brady Carlson, the only trouble is that many of the repellants and insecticides we use have unintended consequences.

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